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Hmong, Lao Americans running for public office in 2020

Tuesday marks the start of the 2020 primary election season, whose results will determine what names will appear on the general election ballot on Nov. 3 for many of the races. There are some Hmong and Lao Americans running for public office this year, and Little Laos on the Prairie compiled of list of candidates, from Congressional to municipal, to watch.

While we see new faces from the municipal to the Congressional level, familiar names include Minnesota State Senator Foung Hawj, who is running for his third term, and Mayor Steve Ly, who also is campaigning for his third term for the mayoral seat of Elk Grove, California.

Five Hmong Americans currently seated in the Minnesota State House are up for re-election. 

CONGRESSIONAL RACES

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Bobby Bliatout
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: U.S. House of Representatives for California’s 22nd Congressional District

This will be Bliatout’s second time running for California’s 22nd Congressional District. The first time he ran for this office was in the 2018 election, losing in the primary to fellow Democrat Andrew Janz.

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bliatoutfor22/
Website: https://www.bobbybliatout.com/

 


Photo credit to Sou Moua for Congress

Sou Moua
Party Affiliation: Republican
Office: U.S. House of Representatives for California’s 47th Congressional District

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soumouaforcongress/

 

 


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Sia Lo
Party Affiliation: Republican
Office: U.S. House of Representatives for Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SiaLo4Congress/
Website: https://www.sialo4congress.com/

 

 


STATE RACES

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Foung Hawj
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: Minnesota State Senator for District 67

Incumbent Foung Hawj’s first attempt at District 67 was in 2010 when he lost in the primary to John Harrington. In 2012, he ran for District 67 again and advanced to the general election where he defeated Republican Mike Capistrant. He won a second term in 2016.

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/senatorhawj/
Website: https://www.senate.mn/members/member_bio.php?member_id=1213

 


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Kaohly Her
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: Minnesota State House of Representative for District 64A

Kaohly Her was first elected for District 64A in 2018 and is running for a second term.

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepKaohlyHer/
Website: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/profile/15532

 


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Samantha Vang
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: Minnesota State House of Representative for District 40B

Samantha Vang was first elected for District 40B in 2018 and is running for a second term.

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/representativesamanthavang/
Website: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/Profile/15510

 


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Jay Xiong
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: Minnesota State House of Representative for District 67B

Jay Xiong was first elected for District 67B in 2018 and is now seeking a second term.

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepJayXiong/
Website: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/Profile/15533

 


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Fue Lee
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: Minnesota State House of Representative for District 59A

Fue Lee was first elected to District 59A in 2016 and re-elected for his second term in 2018. He is running for a third term.

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepFueLee/
Website: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/Profile/15468

 


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Tou Xiong
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: Minnesota State House of Representative for District 53A

Tou Xiong was first elected to District 53A in 2018. He is running for a second term.

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepTouXiong/
Website: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/profile/15520

 


MUNICIPAL RACES

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Sunny Panyanouvong-Rubeck
Party Affiliation: Republican
Office: Judge for North Carolina 26th Judicial District (located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina)

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunnyforjudge/
Website: https://www.sunnyforjudge.com/

 

 


Photo credit to Mayor Steve Ly

Steve Ly
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: Mayor for the City of Elk Grove, California

Steve Ly was elected in 2012 to serve on the Elk Grove Unified School Board and later began serving on the Elk Grove City Council in 2014. During that term, he was elected by the city council to be Vice Mayor. He served in that role until he won the 2016 election for mayor. This is Ly’s re-election campaign for a third term.

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EGMayorSteveLy/
Website: https://mayorstevely.com/

 


Photo credit to Shoua Lo for Mayor

Shoua Lo
Party Affiliation: Republican
Office: Mayor for the City of Stockton, California

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voteshoualoformayor/
Website: https://www.shoualoformayor.com/

 

 


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Tzianeng Vang
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: Ramsey County Board of Commissioners for District 7, Minnesota

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tzianeng-For-Ramsey-Commissioner-District-7-101595414764898/

 

 


Photo credit to Xiong VFX & Lee Lor

Lee Lor
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: Merced County Board of Supervisors for District 2, California

Lee Lor was elected to the Merced County Board of Supervisors in 2016 and is running for a second term.

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeeLorMercedCountySupervisorDistrict2/
Website: https://www.leelordistrict2.com/

 


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Mai Xiong
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: Macomb County Board of Commissioners for District 2, Michigan

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voteformai/
Website: https://www.voteformai.com/

 

 


Photo credit to Mai Xiong

Mai Xiong
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: Eau Claire City Council At-Large, Wisconsin

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mx4ec/
Website: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mai-xiong-for-eau-claire-1

 

 


Photo credit to Mai Vang Sacramento

Mai Vang
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: Sacramento City Council for District 8, California

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaiVangSacramento/
Website: https://maivang.org/

 

 


Photo credit to Ali Moua

Ali Moua
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: Elk Grove City Council for District 1, California

For more information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ali-Moua-City-Council-2020-114634216749363/
Website: http://alimouacitycouncil.com/

 

 


Photo credit to Sean Yang

Xiong Sean Yang
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office: Elk Grove Unified School Board of Trustees

This race has no primary and will appear on the November general ballot.

For more information
Website: https://www.seanyang4schoolboard.com/ 

 


 

We will update as more candidates announce their campaign. Please let us know if we miss any candidates.

11 Comments

  1. Brandon says

    Do all of these Hmong/Lao candidates or incumbents for elected offices have primary elections?

    There are some incumbents and candidates of Hmong/Lao descent who do not have primaries (only general elections in Nov. 2020).

    Thank you.

    • Chelsey See Xiong says

      Hi Brandon, these are the races we are following onward to the general election. To simplify, we are following them all from now until the end of general election whether they have primaries or not. The congressional and state elections have primaries leading to the general election in November but if the incumbents do not have an opponent from their party in the primary, they will advance to the general nonetheless. However, their race will still appear on the primary ballot. The voters still have the opportunity to do a “write-in”. The School Board race do not have a primary. This has been updated for Sean Yang.

  2. Brandon Vang says

    Thanks for the update.
    In that case, I too, will on the ballot in Nov. 2020.
    I am interested in the Michigan, Wisconsin,
    and North Carolina races.

    Thanks

    • Chelsey See Xiong says

      Thank you for letting us know! Sean Yang just announced his school board campaign this past weekend. We will update as November approaches.

      • Proud to be part of the Hmong and Lao Americans running for public office in 2020. Thank you Little Laos on the Prairie for compiling and for including me on this bipartisan list of candidates. I am extremely thankful to Ms. Chelsey See Xiong and everything she have done for our community.

  3. Andy Wallace says

    Good luck to you all! I would vote for you guys if I was an American!

  4. Mandy says

    Why are we adding the word Lao? Why not Hmong Americans or Little Hmong on the Prairie. Some of them were never born in Laos. Just curious. Always remember Lao people they don’t praise our Hmong people. Next time don’t put the word Lao. Wish you all the best!!

    • TheLaounge says

      You have a great point. When I saw this I was like congratulations to the Hmong people for sticking together and advancing in America. Unlike Laotians who have a crabs in a barrel mentality and don’t know how to stick together like the rice we eat. 0 Lao Male and 1 Lao Female and of course she is married a white guy. The hyphenated name is cherry on top. Last Lao male I seen ran for something was a guy from California running for vice governor. Oddly he changed his name to full on European and is a homo.
      Perspective from a Lao Male of course.

  5. Zong Vue says

    Yeej zoo thiab qhuas peb haiv hmoob uas muaj qhov leadership mind. Tiamsis tu siab uas peb feem coob nyiam tog Democrat uas txwv lub npe Vajtswv hauv tej public, tso cai tua menyuam hauv plab, tso cai rau pojniam yuav pojniam txiv neej yuav txiv neej. Tej yam no yog tej uas peb poj koob yawm txwv ib txwm coj.

  6. Anonymous says

    Thov txim ov, tej no yog tej uas peb poj koob yawm txwv ib txwm tsis coj.

  7. MLor says

    I’m surprised Yee Leng Xiong who’s running for re-election for three positions and Ka Lo for one reflected seat and one new seat, both of Marathon County, Wisconsin are not included on this list. Please include them. Thanks.

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